Best and Authentic French Baguette Recipe - Cook with Kushi (2024)

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This post is all about baking the best and authentic French baguette recipe that has a crispy crust on the outside with a soft and chewy texture on the inside. This classic French bread can be served for any meal.

Love French bread? Check out our Brioche bread and buns, Easy no-knead baguettes, and Best homemade butter croissants. On the other hand, if you are looking for Italian breads - check out my traditional Ciabatta Roll and flavorful and light Focaccia bread.

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  • How to make French Baguettes?
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  • Storage and Freezing instructions
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Why you'll love this recipe?

  1. This simple, easy same-day baguette recipe is ready in less than 3 hours, unlike the no-knead baguette.
  2. These mini baguettes can be used to make your favorite subway sandwiches.
  3. Perfect for any occasion, You can take this for potlucks and picnics or even serve it as an appetizer for your dinner party.
  4. Baguette is a very rustic french bread. Each loaf will have a different shape. You don't have to be perfect here.

Ingredients

Lukewarm water:Lukewarm water is best for the yeast to activate and the dough to rise. Cold water will make this process longer, and hot water will kill the yeast.

Active dry yeast:I always use active dry yeast in my baking. Make sure you use a good quality one and wait to add flour until the yeast activates. Else all your effort is going to go to waste.

Sugar:It is important to feed the yeast plus help the dough rise. If you like it sweeter, then you can add up to 4 tsp.

Salt:Overall flavor.

All-purpose flour:No fancy flour is needed. Regular flour works the best. Use any brand of your choice.

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How to make French Baguettes?

Activate the yeast

In a large mixing bowl, add lukewarm water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast. Cover it and leave it undisturbed for 10 minutes. This should become foamy, which means the yeast is activated.

Making the baguette dough

  • Add salt and about 3 ½ cups of flour in increments; using your hands, mix the flour mixture till it comes together as a soft ball of dough.
  • Then knead the dough for about 15 mins by hand or using a low-speed stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. The dough should be elastic and smooth, and soft to the touch. Transfer this to a greased bowl.
  • Cover and let it rest in a warm space (microwave oven) until it is doubled in size. This should take about 1 hour.

Shaping baguette loaves

  • Transfer the risen dough from the bowl to a well-dusted working surface and lightly punch the dough to remove any air pockets.
  • Divide the dough into 3 to 4 equal portions, and then roll it to form the shape of baguettes.
  • Transfer the rolled baguettes to silicone-lined baking sheets or baking pan dusted with flour. Cover with a kitchen towel and let the rolls rest for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Baking baguette bread

  • At this stage, place a cast iron skillet at the bottom rack of an oven and preheat it to 475 degrees F.
  • After the rolls have doubled, use a sharp razor or knife to score desired patterns.
  • Transfer these rolls to the middle rack in the oven. Fill the cast iron skillet or oven-safe bowl on the bottom shelf with about ½ cup of ice cubes or water.The steam generated allows the bread to develop a light and crispy crust.
  • Bake the baguettes for about 25 to 30 mins or until it becomes golden brown on top.
  • Transfer baguettes to a cooling rack and let them cool before slicing.
  • Serve it along with a side of olive oil vinaigrette or soft butter. Enjoy!
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Tips

  • For the bakery-style traditional baguette and to create the signature crispy crust creating steam in the oven is very important. To do this in an oven-safe bowl, add water or ice cubes and keep it in the bottom rack of the oven.
  • You can also spritz the bread with a fine mist of water using a spray bottle during baking every 5-minute intervals.
  • Please use lukewarm water to make the dough.
  • Make baguettes that can fit into your baking pan.

How to eat a baguette

There are several ways you can serve and enjoy the baguette. Here are a few of ours

  • Cut them into slices and spread them with some butter or cream cheese, cheese, peanut butter, or any fruit jam(raspberry, strawberry)
  • Use it to make your favorite subway-style French baguette sandwiches.
  • Serve it as a side with soups like french onion, classic chicken soup, or salads like a creamy potato.
  • You can also serve it as a side with roast dinner, stews, or creamy mushroom sauce to dip the bread in leftover sauce or gravy and enjoy.
  • Make a crostini, bruschetta, or cheesy garlic bread with baguette slices.
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Storage and Freezing instructions

  • The best way to store french baguettes is to wrap them in aluminum foil once it is cooled down completely and store it at room temperature for two days.
  • Do not keep it in the refrigerator, as it will dry out and harden the bread.
  • Bagueetes freezes well. You can freeze-wrapped baguette for up to 3 months. Thaw it completely and reheat it in the oven before serving.

Recipe FAQs

What is the difference between a baguette and French bread?

A baguette is a thin loaf of French bread with a crispy and crunchy crust. It is called ficelle, which means string. French bread is wider and longer than a baguette, and the crust is softer.

What does French baguette taste like?

Baguettes are beautiful with a crispy and crunchy crust and have a savory, sweet, and nutty taste.

How to create a crispy and crunchy crust on baguettes?

The only secret to creating the crispy, crunchy outer crust on a baguette or any artisan bread is by creating by steam in the oven. To do this, you can either add ice cubes or water in an oven-safe bowl and place it in the bottom rack of your oven while baking.

Can I make baguettes without a stand mixer?

Yes. I love to make this bread without any special equipment. Bring everything together and knead the dough for 10 to 15 minutes until it is smooth and soft.

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This post is all about baking thebest and authentic French baguette recipethat has a crispy crust on the outside with a soft and chewy texture on the inside. This classic French bread can be served for any meal.

Love French bread? Check out ourBrioche bread and buns,Easy no-knead baguettes,andBest homemade butter croissants.

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Prep Time 20 minutes mins

Cook Time 25 minutes mins

Resting Time 1 hour hr 30 minutes mins

Total Time 2 hours hrs 15 minutes mins

Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Cuisine French

Servings 4 loaves

Calories 412 kcal

Equipment

  • Baking pan

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Lukewarm water
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon Active dry yeast ( 1 packet)
  • 2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 3 ½ cups All purpose flour, ¼ cup for dusting
  • Olive oil for coating

Instructions

Activate the yeast

  • In a large mixing bowl, add lukewarm water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast. Cover it and leave it undisturbed for 10 minutes. This should become foamy, which means the yeast is activated.

    1 ½ cups Lukewarm water, 2 ¼ teaspoon Active dry yeast ( 1 packet), 2 teaspoon Sugar

Making the baguette dough

  • Add salt and about 3 ½ cups of flour in increments; using your hands, mix the flour mixture till it comes together as a soft ball of dough.

    1 ½ teaspoon Salt, 3 ½ cups All purpose flour, ¼ cup for dusting

  • Then knead the dough for about 15 mins by hand or using a low-speed stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. The dough should be elastic and smooth, and soft to the touch. Transfer this to a greased bowl.

    Olive oil for coating

  • Cover and let it rest in a warm space (microwave oven) until it is doubled in size. This should take about 1 hour.

Shaping baguette loaves

  • Transfer the risen dough from the bowl to a well-dusted working surface and lightly punch the dough to remove any air pockets.

  • Divide the dough into 3 to 4 equal portions, and then roll it to form the shape of baguettes.

  • Transfer the rolled baguettes to silicone-lined baking sheets or baking pan dusted with flour. Cover with a kitchen towel and let the rolls rest for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Baking baguette bread

  • At this stage, place a cast iron skillet at the bottom rack of an oven and preheat it to 475 degrees F.

  • After the rolls have doubled, use a sharp razor or knife to score desired patterns.

  • Transfer these rolls to the middle rack in the oven. Fill the cast iron skillet or oven-safe bowl on the bottom shelf with about ½ cup of ice cubes or water.The steam generated allows the bread to develop a light and crispy crust.

  • Bake the baguettes for about 25 to 30 mins or until it becomes golden brown on top.

  • Transfer baguettes to a cooling rack and let them cool before slicing.

  • Serve it along with a side of olive oil vinaigrette or soft butter. Enjoy!

Notes

  • For the bakery-style traditional baguette and to create the signature crispy crust creating steam in the oven is very important. To do this in an oven-safe bowl, add water or ice cubes and keep it in the bottom rack of the oven.
  • You can also spritz the bread with a fine mist of water using a spray bottle during baking every 5-minute intervals.
  • Please use lukewarm water to make the dough.
  • Make baguettes that can fit into your baking pan.

Nutrition

Calories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 12gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 880mgPotassium: 134mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 5mg

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  1. Cathleen

    Best and Authentic French Baguette Recipe - Cook with Kushi (14)
    This baguette is perfect! I can't believe that I have never tried making it until now! Thank you so much for this recipe 🙂

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